Being Your Own Timelord ~ Outside the Margins with Jeff Adams

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One of the great things about being an author is you get to make things up. The draw back to this is when what you make up doesn’t fit into a realistic timeframe. The only exception is if you’re writing sci-fi and you get to play around with time travel, or some other aspect of time manipulation.

I collided head on with this issue recently as I was revising my upcoming novel, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot, which is the final novel in the series and finds Simon and Alex as seniors in college. I’ve been working on HT3 for several months and officially finished the first draft earlier this month. As I was editing and revising, one of my exercises was to make sure the timing of events was realistic.

The novel takes place during the school year, so there are some things that must be minded—it starts in September, the are holidays in October, November and December, since the guys play hockey there’s consideration on what days those games would fall and so on. I realized fairly quickly my plot wouldn’t sit inside the timing that I’d hoped.

September to early December was my ideal timing as I didn’t want to get into the weeks around Christmas break.

How was I going to fix this and not damage the story?


It started by building a calendar. The image you see are calendars I taped up on my office door. Each Post-It represents one of the forty-five chapters (the colors don’t mean anything…I ran out of blue and changed to yellow). As you can see, my story runs out into February.

There were choices to make here, too, because the story didn’t flow into this timeframe in the sequence it was written. There were chapters that had to be shuffled significantly in an effort to make the new timeline flow. I also must write a new chapter. Remember how I said I didn’t want to deal with the Christmas holiday? Well now it can’t be ignored. Actually, I think that’s going to be a pretty awesome chapter as I’ve thought about what to do with it.

I am happy that I’m still telling the story I set out to tell. I just wish I’d see the timing issue earlier in the process. It was an unexpected issue to have since this is the first book I plotted out far more than I wrote by the seat of my pants. I guess this is all part of the writer learning process. It did cause  stress for a few hours while I sorted it out, but it was also kind of fun to play timelord.

You can find out how it all works out when Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot comes out in September.

Be A Part of Hat Trick History!
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In July I’m going to email the people on my list with the chance to become part of Hat Trick history along with the chance to win a signed paperback of Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot. I’m not going to delve into details here; but,  if you’re on the list you’ll get an email on July 6 with all you need to know. You can sign up for the email list on the home page of my website at


~Jeff Adams



About Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for ( You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at ( You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc and sign up for his email list ( to get the latest updates.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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